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News and Notes

Posted October 5, 2014 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments


Links. The text 'links' underneath a big, old-fashioned key. Links I felt were interesting.

It is… so tempting to write a silly vlog-like introduction. But I’d like to mention a few news items and some upcoming events. ^_^

First up in signalboosting news not related to me, we have an Elizabeth Barrette special. ^_^

October 7th will see a poetry fishbowl with the theme of “mad science”. Be sure to note it in your calendar.

The second part of Amazing Stories’ interview of Elizabeth is now up. There are also two more audio recordings of Elizabeth’s work.

In me-related news (mostly) there is the following. ^_^

On October 1st, I opened up the very first Dovelet Prompt Call. The session will remain open until the 15th. So far it hasn’t garnered a lot of interest, but there’s still time. ^_^ I’m still figuring out what the best way to tackle them is for me.

You can leave prompts on this post as well if you’d rather. (Or emailing them. Just make sure you prompt where I can see you and where I know you’re giving me a prompt. I’m not fussy.) I’ve been having issues with comments getting eaten on the main blog. I’m really, really sorry. I think it’s fixed now, but I’m not entirely sure. If you can’t get your comment posted here, please drop me an email or contact me some other way and let me know that the problem is persisting! Thank you!)

On October 8th, Tales of the Little Engine will be released. *bites nails* I haven’t been this nervous about anything else I’ve published, not even The Passage of Pearl.

On October 14th, I’ll be interviewing Cheryl Mahoney about her upcoming book, The Storyteller and Her Sisters.

I’ll also be talking about the pros and pros of ebooks and print books, contact lenses, dyscalculia and several of the books I’ve read recently at various points this month. It’s a high-volume posting month! ^_^

I also have some sadder news. I’ll be pulling Feather by Feather off Smashwords and the retailers it ships to on October 31st. It may take a little while for it to percolate and it’ll remain available on Amazon, but if you want to get a non-Kindle copy be sure to buy it by the 31st. After that it’ll join Tales of the Little Engine in my experimentation with going kindle exclusive. (It’ll also have fewer typos, though!)



Posted September 23, 2014 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments


Daily Life. The text 'Lynn's Living Life' underneath the cameo silhouette of a woman. Daily life updates.

This is going to be a fairly quick post as I still need to get ready for my day-job in… about 15 minutes? I’m really happy to get to the point where I can write something up, though.

The past few days have seen me redecorate the blog with a new look (thanks to Creative Whim!) and a new general layout. Some of those are changes you’ll be able to see right now, but I’m still working out some of the chinks (see: have at most 15 minutes to write this today), so the official announcements will have to wait.

What it means for Little Lion Lynnet’s itself, though, is more blogging and hopefully more signal boosting for others. We’ll see how it goes, but that’s the general gist of it. I’m most just writing this up to point at the shiny new layout and features. (Innit pretty?)

Some things may be temporarily broken as I sort them out. Please don’t hesitate to let me know if anything is wonky and I’ll have a shiny and official update about everything ASAP!

Meanwhile, have fun looking at the shinies!


Cover Reveal: Tales of the Little Engine

Posted September 22, 2014 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments


Jan would like nothing more than to carry people across the mountains like the big trains do. When the steam train gets the chance to do just that, will it manage? And will it find happiness?

Together with its canine friend Mister Whiskers, the bravest little engine finds itself right in the middle of several magical mysteries. The narrow pass between its hometown of Vawick and the city of Dunnsbridge is haunted by the Nethertrain and its minions, but the bravest little engine isn’t afraid. When the Nethertrain learns of the little engine’s intrusion, it is furious. Can the bravest little engine and Mister Whiskers find a way to stop the Nethertrain once and for all?

Accompanied by two essays on the influences and ideas behind the stories, “Tales of the Little Engine” collects some of the adventures of two very different little steam engines. Join Jan as it learns that, sometimes, dreams come true slightly differently from how we think they should or tag along with the bravest little engine as it travels around Vawick and Dunnsbridge.

As another experiment, I’ve enrolled Tales of the Little Engine into Kindle Select for the first three months to see what happens. Tales of the Little Engine is available for pre-order on Amazon right now and will be released on October 8th, 2014.

I’m really excited to be sharing this collection soon. I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the world of these engines and I hope that readers will feel the same!

You can preorder the collection on all Amazon website:




Book Release: The Passage of Pearl: Deluxe Edition

Posted July 22, 2014 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments


Now Available

Cover for The Passage of Pearl (Deluxe Edition)Amazon (US, UK), Smashwords, Kobo

Pearl is in her final year at Eston University. Her days are made up of reading poetry, writing essays on poetry, thinking up essay topics on poetry, and trying not to bite people for invading her personal space. When she finds a book that could make or break her career, Pearl throws all her cautious planning in the wind. But the book has secrets of its own and Pearl will make a very tasty snack.

This deluxe edition of the novelette also contains the original draft of ‘The Passage of Pearl’, an essay on the revision process behind the story and several other extras.


Cover Reveal: The Passage of Pearl Deluxe Edition

Posted July 5, 2014 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments


I’ve been mentioning several Sekrit Projects on my blog for… some time now. There are a couple of reasons for that, but with this particular project it’s because I didn’t want to announce it before having everything in place. (Also just in case I ended up chickening out of things anyway.)

Everything is now in place — well, mostly — and it is time for the cover to be revealed and for me to shed some light on this particular Sekrit Project. So, without further ado, I will reveal the cover for…
Cover for The Passage of Pearl (Deluxe Edition)


The deluxe edition will include the final version of The Passage of Pearl, as published in Feather by Feather and Other Stories, the original versionthat disappeared forever, an essay on some of the changes I made between versions and why, a bookish daisychain and a brief peek at what else is happening within this setting.

The deluxe edition is a bit of an experiment just to see whether people like having additional material on my writing process (I like writing it!) along with other goodies and extras I can think of/get recommended that fit with some aspect of the story, so I’m excited to see how it’ll go.

(I’m also planning an edition for The Little Engine That Couldn’t which will feature essays and at least one brand-new story starring Jan.)

The Passage of Pearl Deluxe will be released in mid-to-late July.

Important note for people who’ve purchased Feather by Feather and Other Stories. If you’ve bought a copy of Feather by Feather before the release date of The Passage of Pearl, I will offer you a free copy of this deluxe edition. Please get in touch with me if you’d like a free copy of the deluxe edition of The Passage of Pearl!


Guest Post: Author Interview with Becca Lusher

Posted March 16, 2014 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 1 Comment


Today, I’m welcoming one of my best friends, Becca Lusher, for an interview. Wherein we natter about Becca’s stories and engage in general silliness.

Becca Lusher hails from the wilds of the British Westcountry, where she runs around with her dogs, gets bossed about by cats and takes photos of views with rocks in them. She’s also been known to write occasionally to appease the rapacious appetite of her muse. Some of which she now self-publishes.
You can find Becca at WordPress.

Welcome, Becca!

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Guest Post: Author Interview with Cheryl Mahoney

Posted November 26, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments


Fellow-blogger and friend Cheryl Mahoney from Tales of the Marvellous also published a book this month and we thought it’d be a fun thing to swap interviews and introduce people to our books. So today we’re swapping interviews! I hope you’ll have as much fun reading them as we had answering each other’s questions.

Cheryl Mahoney can’t remember when she began her love affair with stories.  She never goes anywhere (including the grocery store) without a book and a pen.  Cheryl also writes a book review blog, Tales of the Marvelous, and is on Goodreads (MarvelousTales) and Twitter (@MarvelousTales).  She has been previously published in The Ignatian, and has completed NaNoWriMo twice.

Welcome, Cheryl!

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Interview at The Bibliophibian

Posted November 22, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments


News. The text 'news' underneath a big envelope. News and updates on the site.

Nikki from The Bibliophibian was kind enough to host an interview with me today.

Nikki is a dear and good friend, with a wonderful taste in books. (We were discussing that taste earlier today in another post, actually!) I always enjoy hearing what they have to say, whether about books or something else, and wish I were even half as smart, insightful and good with non-fiction words. <3

They also deserve a better introduction than I’m able to provide. (In my defence, I’m not good at introducing people on a good day and I think I might be coming down with something. 🙁 Not during Nano, body! Especially not when I’m horribly behind!) But, anyway, Nikki is lovely and their blog is well worth reading. And if you want to read the interview they did with me… You can read that here.

I hope you’ll enjoy it and Nikki’s other posts!


Book Release: Feather by Feather and Other Stories

Posted November 1, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments


Now Available

Cover for Feather by Feather and Other Stories by Lynn E. O'Connacht

Amazon (US, UK) Smashwords, Kobo

Feather by Feather and Other Stories is a varied collection of over 40 stories and poems. In these stories, demons struggle with their nature (and bake biscuits); a young girl faces a witch in search of the bobble hat that will save her Great-Aunt; a steam engine attempts the impossible; a student finds a book that may spell the death of her; catastrophe strikes Nightshadow and his people, testing their faith in the Stars; a mermaid learns that life above the sea offers far more than princes; ghosts howl their stories at passersby; an asexual teenager struggles with relationships and trust; and Phee… Well. Phee is Phee.

Lynn E. O’Connacht’s first collection is a kaleidoscope of tales, featuring folktale and fairytale retellings, superhero fiction, science fiction, realistic fiction and more. Sensitive, imaginative, heart-wrenching, gentle, witty, candid, and engrossing Feather by Feather and Other Stories is a powerful and enchanting selection. It also includes an explanation on how to write your own triple sestina, a self-interview and brief commentary on every piece published in the collection.

(The collection is roughly 96,500 words long, give or take how you count them. Scrivener, Word, and Smashwords all come up with different numbers.)


Feather by Feather update

Posted October 17, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in News / 0 Comments


News. The text 'news' underneath a big envelope. News and updates on the site.

Just a very brief little update to say that Feather by Feather is available for pre-order on Kobo for those of you who want to use Kobo/preorder. None of the other retailers offering preorders are listing it yet, so more updates might yet follow.

(Still so exciting. And the scary nerves are starting to set in now.) I also have a couple of posts that I need to schedule or write, so… Content! I shall have it!

Just not shared today because I just spammed feed readers (and dwircles and flists) with posts less than a week ago. Scheduling posts for the future. Lookit me being all organised. :O